In a press release this week, the Brooklyn Museum of Art announced that a large exhibition titled "Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic" will open on Feb. 20 and run through May 24. The exhibition will include some 60 works by the contemporary artist, from his early paintings to his recent sculptures and statues, making this his first museum survey exhibition.
The museum writes that Wiley's "signature portraits of everyday men and women riff on specific paintings by Old Masters, replacing the European aristocrats depicted in those paintings with contemporary black subjects, drawing attention to the absence of African Americans from historical and cultural narratives." If you've seen his recent portraits of Spike Lee, Swizz Beatz, and Carmelo Anthony for the Grey Goose "Kings of Culture" series, then you're familiar with the incredible detail that goes into his work and the power that his art holds.
For more information about the exhibition, check out the Brooklyn Museum of Art website.